Matt Reeves is the hero Gotham deserves and needs | Arts + Culture

In a modern cinematic world that seems overrun with biopics and money-making sequels, Matt Reeves redefines what a superhero movie can be with 2022’s “The Batman.”

It’s the grungiest, grittiest Batman movie yet, rivaling Christopher Nolan’s 2008 “The Dark Knight” with its gritty vibe and reckless abandon. Impeccable audio work, expert visual design and a hauntingly sinister tone make this more than a movie you watch – it’s an event you experience.

Inspired by “Gone Girl” director David Fincher and film noir classics, the rich, ever-evolving plot unfolds like a complex detective story you can’t stop reading. Despite its long runtime, there isn’t a dull moment that you might miss for anything.

Instead of telling the Bruce Wayne origin story we’ve heard before, Reeves dives headfirst into Batman’s toughest challenge yet. Known in the comics as “the world’s greatest detective”, Batman has yet to have such an opportunity to flex his intellectual muscles.

Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) ignores the arrogant playboy attitude he’s generally known for and adopts a dark, brooding persona. This moving and painful version of the son of Gotham relays his inner turmoil and struggle with self-esteem as the city he loves so much begins to descend into crime.

Aided by his butler Alfred (Andy Serkis), Bruce’s alter ego, the self-identified “vengeful” Batman, takes to the streets to punish the crime that plagues crumbling Gotham City. He uses his allies, police officer James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) and Selina Kyle, or Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), to uncover the motivations and aspirations of his most chilling challenge yet.

Starting on Halloween night, a mysterious series of high-profile murders targets various public figures. The psychopathic terrorist who calls himself Riddler (Paul Dano) seems to be one step ahead of Batman as he is pushed to the limit.

His frustration doesn’t end there as Gotham City is in the worst shape it’s ever been. Overrun by political corruption, crime, and mob rule under Carmine Falcone (John Turturro) and his right-hand man Oz “Penguin” Cobblepot (Colin Farrell), it’s the perfect storm of insurmountable odds that drives the “bat- mark of justice” to a level of brutality never seen before.

Batman’s unarmed fighting style and sophisticated technology not only help him stop those foolish enough to test his patience, but also subdue them. Despite the film’s PG-13 rating, parents should be careful not to show this to their children at the risk of traumatizing them.

The stakes have never been higher and things have never looked so bleak. The majority of “The Batman” is shot in the pouring rain under the sweltering night sky, lending great power to the remarkably unique aesthetic. A consistent color palette of golds, purples, and charcoals and blurry, shallow depth-of-field shots make it visually compelling.

There isn’t a performance in this modern masterpiece that doesn’t stay in your memory. Pattinson channels a brooding level of darkness that’s almost daunting to watch. Colin Farrell transforms into an entirely different being, Kravitz harnesses the true meaning of vengeful anger, Jeffrey Wright gives Jim Gordon questionable despair, and you just need to see Barry Keoghan for yourself. The best performance comes from Dano who will make your skin crawl with his truly unsettling and horrifying portrayal of madness.

The audio work pulls no punches and makes your hair stand on end just how aggressive it can be. Oscar, Emmy and multiple Grammy winner Michael Giacchino composes arguably the most memorable part of this film, perfectly capturing the film’s dark and dreary mood and elevating it to an epic and grand crescendo. with its score.

“The Batman” had its big release on March 4 and you won’t want to miss it. It’s safe to say that this franchise is safe in the comfortable hands of Matt Reeves. Sign him up for his own Batman trilogy, or better yet, an entire saga. Sign him DC rights, period.

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